Violence in Caribbean Literature: Stories of Stones and Blood, this book looks at the scene of the throwing of a stone found in five novels, and uses it as a starting point to an examination of the turmoil of history in the Caribbean, the colonial education imposed on Caribbean populations, the gendered relations that exist today in the Caribbean region, the political status and aspirations of Caribbean nations, and the psychological impact of colonization on Caribbean minds. The trope of the stone and the analysis of the violence it delivers provide the thread that conducts the linked readings of these novels, written by Dominican Jean Rhys, Trinidadian Merle Hodge, Guadeloupean Gisèle Pineau, Martinican Patrick Chamoiseau, and Jamaican-American Michelle Cliff.
The analytical and critical readings of these writers’ novels complement each other, and draw out their commonalities, echoes, and differences, while the juxtaposition of Anglophone and Francophone novels from different Caribbean nations contributes to a polyphonic understanding of the region.
While the book offers diversity in the range of countries and languages represented, and in the interdisciplinarity of the scholarly fields that intersect in its cultural discussions, it maintains its coherence by the unifying theme of violence and its representations in Caribbean literature.
|Series:||After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Véronique Maisier is associate professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where she teachers French and Francophone literature and culture.
Table of Contents
Readings across the Caribbean xvi
1 The Violence of History: Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea 1
A Jagged Trajectory 4
A Shattered Identity 8
Historical Fictions 14
2 An Education in Violence; Merle Hodge's Crick Crack, Monkey 31
Schools for the Few 32
Cultural Stakes 36
Stone, Crime, and Punishment 41
Subjects and Subject Matters 45
Postcolonial Curriculums 48
3 Gendered Violence: Gisèle Pineau's The Drifting of Spirits 57
Death of a Teacher 63
4 The Politics of Violence: Patrick Chamoiseau's Texaco 79
From Dreams to Stones 81
The "Julot-Effect" 90
Caribbean Political Realities 94
5 Violent Dreams; Michelle Cliff's Abeng 105
Who are the Savages? 109
Literary Echoes 111
Conclusion: The Age of the Stone 125
About the Author 141